Northern Pike - Image 661545 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-21-20

  I am Sick About This During this entire year I have struggled to catch fish. Whether fishing with artificial bait or nightcrawlers and bobbers with our grandkids, I have had an absolutely terrible year of fishing. In fact, for much of the time I have given up even trying to pull a fish from …

Pied-billed Grebes on Wapsipincon River - Image 660837 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-5-20

  Breaking News – Not COVID or Election  Who else, besides me, has had enough of COVID-19 and/or election coverage? How about I share other newsworthy information?  Headline #1 – With November 5 temperatures in the mid-70’s, I am still finding multiple bullfrogs and leopard frogs out enjoying the warmth. I looked hard to find …

Pied-billed Grebe - Image 660594 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-3-20

  9.9HP of Purr When I stepped outside this afternoon and felt temperatures in the 70’s, it did not take long to make the decision to get my old beater boat out of storage and put it on the water to play. I wanted to run the motor again, even though I had winterized it. …

Wood Duck on Downed Tree - Image 660280 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-27-20

  Wood Duck Drake Being A Wood Duck During the very few minutes I had to look around in nature today, I spotted a drake wood duck doing what wood ducks do – they sit on logs or in trees or on water. This guy looked mighty impressive standing on top of a downed tree. …

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe - Image 660136 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-26-20

  One Way of Spreading Sweet Marsh has been overwhelmed with exotic/invasive aquatic plant species. Eurasian watermilfoil and brittle naiad choke off the water when established. Marten’s Lake this summer was nearly unusable, whether by paddle or motor.    Both vegetation species can become established when just a small part of either plant remains in …

Muted Timber Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 660120 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-25-20

  Enjoying Nothing (and more) Mother Nature provided a special experience today that I have waited for since I heard the weather predictions for this weekend. When I learned snow was in the forecast for today, I waited and waited for the flurries to begin – at times it seemed the snow would never begin …

Various Blackbirds in Large Flock - Image 659588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-20

  Questions at the Last Hours of My “End of the Season” Day Each year about this time – sometimes earlier and sometimes later – our cabin water service ends. Weather conditions dictate when I drain our water system and fill the plumbing traps with anti-freeze. With overnight temperatures expected to hit the upper 20’s …

Logan Taking Pictures at Alcock Park- Image 659432 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-17-20

  Turning A Find into a Treasure This past week my uncle contacted me about an old aluminum canoe that was in need of a new home or it was going to the scrap yard. Another aluminum canoe was something I did not need. Buying a canoe without seeing it in person was not something …

Allan Canoeing on the Wapsipincon River - Image 656793 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-7-20

  One of the Highlights of My Week! More often than not, when I paddle at our cabin I am on the water alone. I am fine with solitude. In fact, paddling without others is often desired, especially when my secondary goal (in addition to paddling) is to shoot wildlife photos. Sometimes though, having another …

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond - Image 655283 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-27-20

  Temporary Neighbors Dropped in Today While I was at the cabin today, preparing to paddle on the Wapsipinicon River, almost two dozen double-crested cormorants circled and dropped in to visit those of us on Indian Pond. Cormorants are interesting birds in that few people appreciate having them around (cormorants are fish eaters), they are …